Army Tests Multi-Function AR Goggles

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September 6, 2019 | Originally published by Date Line: September 6 on

With a year under its belt and a full staff, the Army Futures Command showed off some of its most promising projects.

The Synthetic Training Environment cross-functional team has developed an all-in-one heads-up display for the tactical environment.

The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) looks like a pair of heavy-duty goggles, but it is a single platform that can run augmented reality training, individual performance assessment, and biometric applications.

At a July 16 media event at Fort Myer-Henderson, Virginia, IVAS project manager Col. Chris Schneider explained how the headset features enhanced night and thermal vision capabilities and uses augmented-reality capabilities to overlay map displays and data or simulated images in a soldier”s view of the real environment. The display is also connected to a soldier”s weapon sensor, Schneider said. That means a rifle”s muzzle and barrel pop into view of the headset as the weapon is raised and aimed, similar to the user view in the Halo first-person shooter game. Schneider said that feature can improve shooting accuracy.

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